car fridges

Submitted: Friday, Aug 30, 2002 at 00:00
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I am confused as to what car fridge to buy 40 ltr size or larger, some people say Engle is best, others Waeco / chescold or exploria.
i mainly travel up to the Daintree and around Queensland for camping holidays.
any sugestions would be most welcome
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Reply By: old soldier - Friday, Aug 30, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, Aug 30, 2002 at 00:00
G'day Frankie, IMHO you won't go past the Waeco CF50. Biggest selling car fridge in Oz at moment and with good reason. I have one, and was just up round Daintree, Cooktown and across to the gulf a few weeks back. Drove over some rough roads out by the gulf, and bounced a bit coming down the Bloomfield. The Waeco just did what was asked of it. Does a fabulous job keeping things cold - in fact it is TOO good, and you need one of those double electronic thermometers fro bleep Smiths to watch that the "cook's" lettuce doesn't freeze. I was always arguing with her - told her the #1 priority of a car fridge was a cold beer - and it did that great. Seriously - a great fridge, I am sure the Engel owners think just as highly of theirs. Both great machines. One final thing that impressed me is the claim that it draws so little power when cold. TRUE. My Blue Thumper industrial strength battery seemed to last forever when camped without AC power for several days. I see Big W is selling Waecos now so you may get a good price from them.
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Follow Up By: Old Soldier - Friday, Aug 30, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, Aug 30, 2002 at 00:00
Now I have seen everything. talk about Big Brother is watching you :) :)
Have a look at my post above. Poor old "Richard" Smith would not like to know that the trade name which made him one of the most famous people in Oz is being bleeped out by a stupid automated computer program. I support maintaining some control over this forum - but that is bluddy ridiculous - betcha ya cant "bluddy" bleep that out Mister computer :) :) :) :) Get some reality here please.
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Reply By: cranki-franki - Friday, Aug 30, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, Aug 30, 2002 at 00:00
Thankyou for that info
i think that you might be right sas i have just spoke to a person at the servo who has one and agrees with your views.
thanks so much
frank
from Ayr nth Qld
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Reply By: Fred - Friday, Aug 30, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, Aug 30, 2002 at 00:00
Will the thermo from bleep smiths keep out the bleep roaches?
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Follow Up By: Old Soldier - Friday, Aug 30, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, Aug 30, 2002 at 00:00
good one Fred :) :) - theres some potential here for some creative fun It must be an american program. Nobody in Oz could take offence at poor old bleep Smith. Surely they would understand about bleep roaches as well. I wonder if I called a donkey and ass would they bleep me.

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Reply By: FM - Friday, Aug 30, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, Aug 30, 2002 at 00:00
Gentlemen Gentlemen - and Ladies - Some decorum please...here is a list of words you are not allowed to use - bleep, bleep , bleep, bleep, bleep, bleep , bleep, bleep, bleep, bleep , bleep, bleep, bleep, bleep , bleep, bleep, bleep, bleep , bleep, bleep, bleep, bleep , bleep, bleep, bleep, bleep , bleep, bleep, bleep, bleep , bleep, bleep, bleep, bleep , bleep, bleep. Please feel free to use all others
Regards
FM
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Follow Up By: Fred - Saturday, Aug 31, 2002 at 00:00

Saturday, Aug 31, 2002 at 00:00
What the bleep is with all this bleeping bleeping you would think that some bleep was reading this !!!
instead its a computer ... wonder if it knows the word twat ???
wonder if it knows medical terms ??
bleep ?
mamary glands ?
clitoris ?
orgasm ?
FF
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Follow Up By: Fred - Saturday, Aug 31, 2002 at 00:00

Saturday, Aug 31, 2002 at 00:00
Hehehe !!
I got a naughty word through the computer ,
sorry but you know the saying simple things and all that
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Reply By: Brian - Saturday, Aug 31, 2002 at 00:00

Saturday, Aug 31, 2002 at 00:00
Franky an EUTECITIC fridge is what you need I am unsure weather Waeco is one ??? I and my mate have had Auto fridge(39l) for 10 years + and they have been over every rough, hot road you can name, never missed a beat. The auto fridge draws high current for the first hr or so then next to nothing . We run ours 2 hr morning & 2 hr at night, and while traveling They are more expensive than others but worth it,it has been the best $1200 I ever spent.

BWFG
PS The beer is always icey cold
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Follow Up By: Member - Nigel - Saturday, Aug 31, 2002 at 00:00

Saturday, Aug 31, 2002 at 00:00
The Waeco aren't Eutectic, but do have better insulation than the Engels. I agree the Autofridge is very good and draws less current if used as it's meant to be, but it is much heavier than other fridges, so not good for people with back problems, or people who overload their vehicles.
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Follow Up By: Old Soldier - Saturday, Aug 31, 2002 at 00:00

Saturday, Aug 31, 2002 at 00:00
Interesting post Brian, and one which Franki should consider as well. I was not aware you could get Eutectic as a vehicle portable fridge. They are a fantastic fridge/freezer for marine use, and many "blue water" yachties have them installed as standard equipment for long voyages. I would have to consider one if and when my Waeco gave up the ghost. Meanwhile my beer is cold and the cook's lettuce is frozen [occasionally :) :) ]
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Follow Up By: Brian - Sunday, Sep 01, 2002 at 00:00

Sunday, Sep 01, 2002 at 00:00
Old Soldier / Franki check this site out http://www.quirks.com.au/autofrdg.htm
Can't speak more highly of them.
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Reply By: Steve & Wendy - Saturday, Aug 31, 2002 at 00:00

Saturday, Aug 31, 2002 at 00:00
Perhaps a "Reefer" - Ice cold beer, Frozen steak, no frozen lettuce.
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Reply By: Member - Nigel - Saturday, Aug 31, 2002 at 00:00

Saturday, Aug 31, 2002 at 00:00
I bought an EvaKool and it's still working after 12 months (been on 14 local trips around FNQ). But read the other question on EvaKools.

I've got friends with a Waeco and would reccommend them over the Engel on both price and Insulation. Also they have a 5 year warranty.
They aren't the strongest, but the really strong fridges are quiet a bit dearer. 4WD Monthly did a good comparison on all the fridges a while back. Might be worth buying a back issue.
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Reply By: Member - Nigel - Saturday, Aug 31, 2002 at 00:00

Saturday, Aug 31, 2002 at 00:00
With regard to size, we got a 68 litre and fill it on every trip (even weekend trips), but we have 2 young kids and like to eat fresh food, and most importantly cold drinks.
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Reply By: paul - Saturday, Aug 31, 2002 at 00:00

Saturday, Aug 31, 2002 at 00:00
Whatever you do dont buy an EvaKool !!!
their backup service is shocking and they break,
if all you want is an icebox then evakool is great but not their fridges,
stick with engel or chescold.
dont buy waeco as they draw too much power and will give battery problems after a while
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Follow Up By: Rod Miles - Monday, Sep 02, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, Sep 02, 2002 at 00:00
Hi Paul,

I have just read through your comments regarding our Fridge/Freezer products and your concerns regarding service.

Could you please contact me directly so that we can iron out any concerns that you may have.

Kind regards

Rod Miles
Ph: 07.5492.7777
Fax: 07.5492.7733
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Follow Up By: Rod - Monday, Sep 02, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, Sep 02, 2002 at 00:00
Paul, Looks like you may have stired up some action. Good onya Mate hope you succeed. This is the forum that is going to get the message across to those supplier/manufacturers who send out misleading and deceptive info on their porducts and then try to weed out of it.
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Follow Up By: Cranki-franki - Monday, Sep 02, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, Sep 02, 2002 at 00:00
Funny you say that about the Evakool others have told me the same thats one reason i did not buy their icebox from Ayr's camping world as i thought they might be not as good as i first thought
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Follow Up By: Steve Tanner - Monday, Sep 02, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, Sep 02, 2002 at 00:00
Paul I'm Interested in your comments I carry out all warranty and service procedures for Evakool and would like the opportunity to respond.I believe that you come from Townsville and if I am correct I would appreciate it if you would give the people the full story.If I am wrong Please Contact me at Evakool Regards Steve
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Follow Up By: Paul - Thursday, Sep 05, 2002 at 00:00

Thursday, Sep 05, 2002 at 00:00
Hi Rod miles and Steve Tanner
I do not personally own an Evakool fridge but one of my coleagues had purchased one froma camping store in Perth.
he had nothing but trouble with it , something to do with the compressor breaking down after only a short time ,eventually the compressor in question was exchanged for a danfos one which was aparently better but he did have trouble getting it fixed ,
I am not from townsville as steve asked, I am from Scarborough WA.
is there someone who is having problems with an Evakool repair in Townsville ?
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Follow Up By: Steve Tanner - Thursday, Sep 05, 2002 at 00:00

Thursday, Sep 05, 2002 at 00:00
Paul Thanks for your response I obviously have confused you with somebody else . The fridge your friend had was a Supakool with A Micro Compressor International Unit fitted to it not the Evakool Unit available with the Danfoss Compressor fitted to it .I will back our service against anybody without any concerns.We did not service the MCI units it was done by the manufacturer who were based on the Gold Coast . I hope this will clear up the confusion about the type of fridge we are talking about
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Reply By: Allyn - Sunday, Sep 01, 2002 at 00:00

Sunday, Sep 01, 2002 at 00:00
I have an Engel 60 litre which is fantastic but you need to consider portability. I struggle to carry mine and definitely can't move it loaded of course. We always manage to fill it (just the two of us) but frankly I think I would prefer the 40 L in hindsight. When that Lotto win finally happens I may buy one of each.
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Follow Up By: Member - Nigel - Sunday, Sep 01, 2002 at 00:00

Sunday, Sep 01, 2002 at 00:00
We don't carry our 68 litre when full or empty. It stays put in the car. We just take the wire basket out when packing or unpacking it. It's amazing how much more we use it coz it's always there.
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Follow Up By: Allyn - Sunday, Sep 01, 2002 at 00:00

Sunday, Sep 01, 2002 at 00:00
Great concept but you obviously live in a better neighbourhood than I !!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Nigel - Sunday, Sep 01, 2002 at 00:00

Sunday, Sep 01, 2002 at 00:00
Well I never even thought of that, but I guess that would be a problem down in the big smoke :)
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Reply By: Steve L - Monday, Sep 02, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, Sep 02, 2002 at 00:00
I also have a Waeco, one of the original 40 litre units (over 2 years old now). I have never had a problem with it, it has much better
insulation than the Engel/ARB, is much lighter, and yes it does cool/freeze very easily. The people complaining about the current draw of
these units may need to check their electrical systems/batteries, as the draw is amongst the lowest around - my fridge can be run at a level
keeping the contents frozen for 2 days without causing any battery charge problems (using a dual battery setup). The unit has also been
over a number of very bad roads and thousands of outback kilometres and never skipped a beat. The only drawback of mine is that it
doesn't have any tie-down handles (other than some eyelets on the insulation case, which work well enough) but this problem has been
resolved with the current models having handles. I'd recommend anyone try a Waeco. Beats a mates new Engel hands down.
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Follow Up By: Old Soldier - Monday, Sep 02, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, Sep 02, 2002 at 00:00
Steve, The cf50 has good tie down points - part of the evolution process I suppose. As for the fact that someone suggested above that Waeco draws too much power - that is obviously not the case with the CF50. It draws less power than any other unit around. Each to their own. good to see someone from Evakool(?) taking part in this discussion. these forums are a great way for manufcaturers/agents to get feedback on their products.
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Reply By: De-Anne - Friday, Sep 13, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, Sep 13, 2002 at 00:00
At Easter two years ago, my Fiance and myself were following a friend in his Range Rover when he was not paying attention to the road directly in front of him and ended up floating his car in a wash out. The engel (about four years old) was at the bottom of the bleep in the back and got completely submerged. When we got to camp when pulled the engel apart and let it dry in the sun. We put it back together that night and the bugger still works.

My Fiance's old man has an Engel that is twenty seven years old and still keeps your beers icy cold.

Like above, we found the 60L to be just too big however that 39L/40L is a perfect size.
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Reply By: Bruce- Monday, Sep 30, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, Sep 30, 2002 at 00:00
with regard to the weight of the engel 60l when full ..i fitted wooden skids to ours..makes it easy to slide in and out of the wagon..
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